American Higher Education: A History / Edition 2

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The roots of controversy surrounding higher education in the US extend deep into the past. This original, incisive history goes far in offering a needed sense of perspective on current debates over such issues as access, costs, academic quality, social equity, and curricula. Eminently readable and always lively, this timely historical account is sure to be an invaluable resource for assessing the present condition and future prospects of American colleges and universities.

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Editorial Reviews

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"…fills a gap in the literature of the history of higher education...valuable and useful…we should applaud and thank Lucas for having produced a text that many will find enlightening and highly useful…"--History of Education Quarterly

"With economy and clarity…Lucas illuminates current issues of higher education."--Publishers Weekly

"Lucas's book not only provides a solid history of American higher education but also an intriguing look at modern developments…Clearly written and fully documented, the book is a pleasure to read."--Educational Studies
"The book does an admirable job of linking the developments of American higher education with its European origins, more fully integrates marginalized groups than...many other earlier historians, and is compelling on the subject of curricular history...."--Harvard Educational Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403972897
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/2/2006
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 708,973
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher J. Lucas is Professor of Higher Education and Policy Studies, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. He is the author of New Faculty.

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Table of Contents

• Introduction
Part I: Historical Origins and Antecedents * Higher Learning in Antiquity
• From Cathedral Church Schools to Universities
• Post-Medieval Academe: Evolution and Estrangement
Part II: American Higher Education: The Formative Period * The American Colonial and Antebellum College
• The Evolving American University
Part III: American Higher Education: Maturation and Development * American Academe in the Early Twentieth Century
• Postwar Higher Learning in America
Part IV: Contemporary Challenges and Issues * Another Season of Discontent: The Critics
• Epilogue: In Historical Retrospect
• Notes
• Sources and References
• Index

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  • Posted January 11, 2010

    American Higher Education

    I was surprised the book contained so much information about the early 1400-1500's. I thumbed through the book to where the 20th century was being discussed and started there. Although I referenced the earlier times, I found my students more interested in the twentieth century to the present.

    I found the book to be detailed and nearly intreging from 1900 to the present; it is well balanced allowing for readers to understand a broad picture and yet many specifics, sometimes bringing rationalization to an often irrational period of time.

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